to create a focal point that provides height.
and as little wall space as possible.
panels closer to the ceiling rather than right at windows top edge.
Keep the view from your window by using short rods
shapes or sizes will particularly benefit from this versatile approach.
One of the simplest techniques to improve the look of your
window treatment is to just add more to it.
More panels shirred together on a window will give a window a
full, designer look.
By adding more layers to a window, you can give it an entirely
different look. For example, if you've started with sheers, make
them the undertreatment by adding drapery panels.
-Top it Off
Top treatments are a wonderful addition to any window. There
are many different types to choose from which adds to the fun.
You may want to keep it simple, or your top treatments can
really dress-up your windows.
Some of the most creative and versatile top treatments are scarves.
They're the perfect choice for challenging, hard-to-fit windows.
To begin adding scarves to your window, have the hardware
securely mounted into position. Sconces, decorative poles, holdbacks
or scarf holders all work well to hang scarves. Place your scarf on a
flat surface and gather the fabric into soft pleats by hand.
Use your fingers to comb through the folds. This will allow you to
adjust the pleats and overall style.
Add the finishing touch to your windows with embellishments.
For major impact, use decorative poles and sconces rather than
just the plain, basic hardware.
Pulling panels back with ties, or tassels is simple and adds
interest to any window. Your own jewelry (brooches, pins, and
even earrings) can be used to add a little sparkle.
A fluff here a puff there, sometimes it just takes a little arranging
to achieve the look you desire. Don't be afraid to try different
placements with your window coverings. For example, pulling all
the panels to one side of the window.
A bishop, also known as a bishop sleeve, is one of the easiest
techniques you can use to create a designer look. Start with panels
or a scarf made with a lightweight material. (You will need about ten
inches extra length for each bishop.) Gather the fabric and secure
with a ribbon or tie. You may need to support the bishop by
attaching a cup hook to the wall and hanging the ribbon or tie
off the cup hook from the back of the panel.
If the fabric isn't too sheer, you may create a fuller look by filling the
pouf with tissue paper.
Finally, arrange the bishop sleeve by fanning
and blousing the fabric.
An easy decorating touch, puddling is arranging a portion
of the panels or scarf on the floor. For best results, allow
an additional six to eight inches in length for each puddle.
-Balloon shade: a fabric shade that puffs or "balloons" as the shade is raised.
-Cornice: a shallow, box-like structure, usually made of wood, fastened across the top of a window to conceal drapery hardware. Wood may be finished or covered in fabric.
-Pinch-pleat drapery: a traditional pleated drapery, often used under a decorative top treatment, such as a valance, cornice or scarf.
-Scarf: a flowing fabric that is swagged or looped across the top of the window with free flowing panels down the sides. May use a single scarf or several scarves in a symmetrical or asymmetrical design. Use a wood or metal pole, sconces or scarf rings.
Sconce: decorative hardware used to hold a scarf. Usually made of plaster, wood or metal.
Swag & cascade: a fabric top treatment that drapes and overlaps itself across the face of a window. Usually installed with side panels called cascades.
Tab top drapery: fabric loops slip over rods, taking the place of rings.
Use wood or metal poles, or cafe rods.
Treatments can be utilized in various ways around the house
other than just on windows. Be creative! Here are a few ideas
to get you started:
-As a Room Divider
Create a simple room divider. To soften the look of a doorway
or for just a little more privacy within your home, try using window
treatments. Leave them open for a rich and inviting look.
Blockout light, dampen sounds, or accomplish a sense of privacy
by creating a temporary wall where there isn't one.
-As a Door
Panels work well as doors where sound and complete privacy
are not factors. A closet is a perfect place to use curtains or
draperies as you would a door. They can enhance the door with a
burst of color or pattern, and save space in areas where a door
on hinges seems to take up too much room.
-Around the Bed
A cozy, canopy effect can be created using any one of several
techniques. A few of the ways you can achieve this look are
by using ceiling mount rods to drape panels over the bed, by
using L-shaped rods at corners of bed, or by using finials or
other hardware to gather panels on the wall at the center.
Another technique is to use panels behind the bed as a headboard.